Ernest Hemingway was known for his love for fishing as much as he was known for his literary work. An early riser, Hemingway always wrote as soon as he woke up. When asked about his writing habit, the author of The Old Man and the Sea is known to have said: “When I am working on a book or a story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write… You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that.” Founding father of the Theory of Evolution Charles Darwin spent only five hours a day doing research. Even today, Stephen King writes about 2,000 words per day. Though these prominent men did not spend all their time at work, they were considered to be highly productive.
Creative minds like Darwin, Hemingway and King had mastered the art of productivity much before it found a place in management books and became corporate jargon. In fact, Mark Twain had once said: “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting with the first one.”
The mind is ambitious in making plans but very few of these are translated into actions. Everyone strives to be better, to give a 100 percent to the tasks taken up, but many of us struggle to bring it to completion.
Successful people realise their plans through actions. More often than not, it’s the failure to understand the difference between the goal and its accomplishment. Action begets results.